Then when I got back, it was time to do the edits for a short story that I'll have coming out in an anthology devoted to romances for people with STDs...don't laugh! With the number of folks who picked up a little something extra along with their college degrees, or their last failed romance, it's not a laughing matter for those who feel like they're tainted by something they didn't realize they were exposing themselves to. That anthology will be a fund-raiser for a sexual health center. More information when I know more.
And then I got the edits back for my soon-to-reappear book which is the sequel to my female spies novel, Secret Love, which came out last November.
Sheena has spent 12 years saving the world, one assignment at a time. She enjoys the work, but is getting bored. She tries her usual cure; a new man. But something about this one is different--she develops feelings. And in her world, even having feelings is dangerous. Indulging them by falling in love can be deadly...for both of them.
The sequel is called Undercover Lovers, and includes my first attempt at a menáge scene. What gave me the most trouble is that there are two gorgeous, hot men in the story, and the heroine, Ameena, a woman who quit the agency after she helped bring down a serial killer of female agents, has to choose between them. The man she chooses is not the kind to share easily. In fact from my observations, when romance novels feature multiple men, even brothers, willing to share the same woman, all I can do is laugh in disbelief. It's easier for me to believe in vampires or shifters, than to believe that males could seriously believe they can live in harmony while sharing one woman. My boys could never even share their toys!
But some readers told me they were anxious to read about such a scene, once they knew there were two hot men in the book. I tried many ways to figure out how to include such a scene, but the hero kept insisting to me it wasn't ever going to happen. Sometimes I think we don't write the characters, as much as we channel them...am I right?
Ameena has never been able to forget what she endured on her last assignment before she left the agency. She was the only female agent to live through what The Executioner did to his victims, but she still bears the scars, both physical and psychological. When he escapes from his prison cell, her ex-handler brings two agents with him to tell her that one or the other will be her shadow until her torturer is caught again...only this time he will allow her to kill him. Having kept herself too busy for romance, she is caught off-guard by the sudden insertion into her life of two gorgeous men, one who actively pursues her and one whom she finds more attractive for his shyness. Will she live long enough to make a choice? And is that the end of the story...or the beginning?
I don't have a publication date yet for this, one of my readers' favorite books. But when I know more, I'll pass it along.
Until next month, keep reading and enjoying romances! Love makes the world go 'round!